Category: Schools

DWC Members Attend Education Summit

Florida Public Education: “We can agonize or organize.” Over 1300 participants, including teachers, parents, pastors, school board members, administrators, civic organizations, and legislators convened to form action strategies to support public education in Florida.

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CCDEC Chair Patrick Hurley responds to local teacher’s Impeachment Question

“It’s an appropriate question to pose to students at that level in a politics class,” said Patrick Hurley, chairman for the Charlotte County Democrats. He said that anything that is pertinent in the dialogue of our nation presents a good opportunity for students to learn. (Read more in the Sun)

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Florida Lawmaker Warns That Arming Teachers Puts African-American Students at Risk

The outcome of the vote in the Florida State House this week was a foregone conclusion: A proposal to allow teachers to carry firearms in school would easily win approval. But that did not mean the debate would not be long and emotional, as Democrats implored Republicans in the majority to consider the possible risks …

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EDITORIAL: New voucher program isn’t about choice, it’s about sabotaging public schools

To the surprise of no one, the Florida Legislature boosted the fortunes of private schools this week as the House approved a new voucher program without a thought to whether those schools are doing a good job of teaching kids. The new program is aimed at middle-class families, and it’ll draw up to $130 million directly from …

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ACTION ALERT TUESDAY!

The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee is scheduled to hear SB 7030 on Tuesday, March 26th at 4 PM. This bill would allow the arming of Florida’s school teachers. Under the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, “individuals who exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers” are currently exempt from the program. SB 7030 would repeal that provision. Our teachers …

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Florida House panel approves guns for teachers

Florida House committee voted Thursday for a broad school safety bill that would expand an existing guardian program to allow classroom teachers to volunteer to carry weapons on campus if local school boards approve. The Republican-led legislation adopted 11-5 along party lines by the House Education Committee builds on a law passed after last year’s …

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Tell state lawmakers to stop the attack on Public Schools!!

Folks, SB 7070 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 AM. This bill has a number of provisions, the most egregious of which would greatly expand taxpayer-funded school vouchers. This means that our public school funding would be sacrificed to pay for vouchers. WHAT …

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Unqualified legislator to chair House education committee

Get ready for a fight. Florida’s public education system is at stake. A chasm over education big enough to swallow a Volkswagen has opened in the Florida Legislature, and this year’s tussle over the more than $20 billion the state spends annually on schools promises to be particularly acrimonious. (Read more in OrlandoSentinel.com)

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Andrew Gillum wants to pay starting teachers $50,000. Could that ever happen in Florida?

When Valerie Chuchman moved to Florida from Wisconsin eight years ago, her new principal joked that while she was taking a significant salary cut, she would be repaid in sunshine. Unfortunately, the Riverview High School chemistry teacher said, sunshine doesn’t pay the bills. And if she’s still living paycheck to paycheck after 21 years, she …

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